NYC Honorary Street Names


Arsenio Rodriguez Way (Bronx)
Present name:Dawson Street
Location:Between Intervate Avenue and Longwood Avenue
Honoree: Arsenio Rodriguez (1911-1970), who was born in Cuba and was blinded in a childhood accident, is considered the “Father of Salsa Music.” He was the composer of over 200 songs.
Firefighter Anthony Rodriguez Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Livingston Avenue and Holden Boulevard
Honoree: Firefighter Anthony Rodriquez (b. 1964) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Melanie Rodriguez Place (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Sherman Avenue and East 163rd Street
Honoree: On May 10, 1988 Melanie Rodriguez (1928-2015) took over a parking lot next to the building she lived in on Sherman Avenue. With help from Community Board 4, The Trust For Public Land and GreenThumb, she secured funding to transform the the lot into the Sherman Avenue community garden. She allowed students from Junior High School 145, along with the community, to learn how to garden and learn facts on nutrition. She organized block parties and provided arts-and-crafts learning opportunities for children. In addition, she led many protests to protect funding for the community garden programs throughout the city. (Gibson)
Pecola and Nicholas Rodriguez Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 40th Street
Location:Between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road
Honoree: Pecola Rodriguez (1916 – 2014) was nurse and hosital administrator, working atSydenham Hospital in Harlem and later at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn. She joined the Cornerstone Baptist Church in the late 1940s and became the first President of its Business and Professional Women’s Group. She was also president of the Paerdegat Park Block Association and actively served on the Park and Library committees for Community Board 17, as well as nursing professional groups. Nicholas Rodriguez (1906 – 1995) was born in Panama. As a teenager, he organized the first Jazz Group in Panama. He came to New York in 1928 and began playing with Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Chick Webb, Cab Calloway and Don Redmond. He appeared at leading supper clubs and theaters in the United States, the Philippines and several East African cities; and recorded for several well-known recording companies of his time. (Williams)
Robert Rodriguez Place (Manhattan)
Present name:East 120th Street
Location:Between First Avenue and Pleasant Avenue
Honoree: Robert Rodriguez (1951-1994) was, in 1976, the youngest person ever elected to the City Council. In 1982 he became Director of Labor Relations for the NYFD. While still at the Council, He founded the East Harlem Multiservice Center (EHMC), located on this block, which helps thousands of East Harlem families each year.
LL:2002/ 19

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